When a racer, race promoter & local business owner believes in something so much that they step up to the plate and support a heads up racing class to ensure it’s success, it means the world to not only the other racers in the class but the racing venue and points series. Adam Pettis with Innovative Street Technologies did just that with their support of the True Street N/T class at Emerald Coast Dragway this year!

True Street N/T was introduced mid season last year at ECD with the South Coast Heads Up Series on a prepped surface and ran all of 2019 with the Tri-County Grudgefest on a no-prep surface.  For 2019 it’s included in the points series with SCHU as well as ran at all of the TCGF No-Prep races, long story short it’s a good year to have a true street car! SCHU TS N/T rules & info can be found HERE.

 

Innovative Street Technologies

625 Valparaiso Pkwy #105, Valparaiso, FL 32580

(850) 529-6272

570 Real Street competitors, join us February 9th at ECD with the South Coast Heads Up N/T series for a winter shakedown race!!  $100 entry car & driver, 100% tech card payback and ECD to kick in $500 cash to sweeten up the pot! This race will NOT count towards season points with the 570RS Racing Association, however all drivers are encouraged and welcome to join us to shake the winter off and get things fired up for the 2019 points season.

Why doesn’t it count as a 570RS Association points race? At the time the South Coast flyer was made the meeting with the Real Street Racing Association had not happened yet so some details were to be determined.  At the meeting it was discussed that 570RS would be ran in conjunction with the Pro Mod schedule at ECD for 2019 (May4th, July 6th & October 12th) instead of with the South Coast Heads Up N/T dates.  This was done in an effort to let many 570RS cars the opportunity to race other eligible classes on N/T nights (like true street for example) instead of having them try to dual class on the same race night. Also a few competitors have both a 570RS eligible car and a faster heads up type car that they aren’t able to bring to the track and operate at the same time.  ECD was of course happy to oblige and we look forward to racing with the 570RS Association in 2019!

See updated 2019 570RS Rules HERE and February 9th event flyer below:

 

No better way to wrap up 10+ days of heavy solid rain than a BEAUTIFUL racing weekend at The Emerald Coast Dragway with the Bracket & Index bash brought to you by Lynn Morris! Friday’s pre-race test & tune was called off earlier in the week as it was the first forecasted day of sunshine and the track was nowhere near ready which left racers even more antsy.  As the clouds cleared the ECD team rolled in to find rigs already parked for the weekend, the track got scraped clean and prepped back up as the surface soaked up every bit of sunshine the sky would give up.  Knowing the track wasn’t dry enough yet and temps would be cool, we were happy we decided not to run on Friday night while the race rigs continued to roll in.


Saturday, bright & early, the gates opened and racers poured in… and poured in…. and poured in, they just kept coming! When the call to the lanes was made for track hot the lanes were backed up all the way down to the intersection with all 6 lanes full to the brim.  At 1230PM the lanes were shut off for open time trials and we rolled into qualifying & time shots after a quick drivers meeting & awards presentation for our 2018 Summit ET Series Champions.

 


All & all there were 133 entires spread amongst 7 classes, Super Pro E/T was loaded the heaviest at 49 entries, Pro E/T up next at 26 entries, Sportsman E/T with 14 entries and last but not least our Jr Dragster class with 12 entries and then many competitors stepping it up and entering one of the 6.0/6.50/7.0/8.0 indexes that were run that day to double and triple their chances at taking home some winnings. A quick walk through the pits and you’d run into a Jr Dragster family down from Kentucky, or a lone Super Pro car in from North Carolina, another family with burgers on the grill in from Mississippi, with people in from all over the place it was clear we were in for a good day of racing.


We raced, we raced.. and we raced, some classes got in & done, some got down to a few and then… at 6 cars, a huge wheelie in the left hand land and a hard slam down into the green paint and way out of the groove got Super Pro E/T competitor Matthew Brown too far out of shape to be able to recover from and into the wall we went.  Everyone’s ok and the car’s a bit banged up but repairable, however that set the tone for the remainder of the evening, with air temps at around 45*F, the dew point just a few degree’s lower at 43*F, no cars had gone down the track and it had gone cold.  Remaining racers and event officials decided to call it a night. In a display of amazing sportsmanship and even though 2 of the 3 races and been ran in the quarter final round of eliminations, they got together and decided to undo those two wins and losses and split at 6 as if the round never happened so the S/P pot could be split with Matthew Brown.


Super Pro E/T – Split at 6 – H. Blevins #47, K. Morris #F465X, K. Price #CX546, C. Bryant #0113, R. Taylor #2X76, M. Brown #189X

Pro E/T – Split at 3 – D. Paul #DX25, B. Ward #6942, P. Romel #435

Sportsman E/T – J. Branhof #H216 races his alter ego J. Branhof #H216X in the finals… FOR THE WIN

Jr Dragster – G. Hatcher #3411 WINNER

6.0 Index – C. Bryant #0113 WINNER

6.50 Index – B. Langford #2002 WINNER

7.0 Index – G. Thompson #E285 WINNER

8.0 Index – P. Romel #435 WINNER


CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS & THANK YOU EVERYONE for coming out & supporting what has started off as an amazing year of racing thus far at The Emerald Coast Dragway, for our Bracket & Index guys out there looking for a place to race, our Summit ET Series kicks off next weekend, Saturday January 19th! SEE YOU THEN!

RACE SCHEDULE

Feb 1-2: Emerald Coast Dragway; Holt, FL

March 1-2: Holly Springs Dragway; Holly Springs, MS

April 5-6: No Problem Raceway; Belle Rose, LA

May 3-4: Cordova International Raceway; Cordova, IL

June 7-8: Ozark Raceway Park; Rogersville, MO

July 5-6: Huntsville Dragway; Huntsville, AL

August 2-3: Lapeer International Dragway; Lapeer, MI

September 6-7: Drag Week

October 4-5: Rockingham Dragway; Rockingham, NC


SCHEDULE:  FRIDAY 

Racer Gate: 3:00 PM 

Tech Cards: $50 for Friday Grudge Racing 

Tech and Registration: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Grudge Racing: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

SCHEDULE:   SATURDAY 

Racer Gate: 9:00 AM (RACERS AND CREW ONLY) 

Spectator Gates: 10:00 AM 

Driver’s Meeting: 11:00 AM (FIRST ROUND TO DIRECTLY FOLLOW!)

First Round: 11:30 AM

SATURDAY CLASSES (rules below): Big Tire, Small Tire, Daily Driver 1.0, Daily Driver 2.0, Outlaw Big Tire 

All races are 1/8 mile, heads up, no time, instant green, all cars must pass a safety tech inspection


GRUDGE FRIDAY $50 – Must pass safety tech inspection, No solo passes

BIG TIRE SATURDAY $250 Entry /  $10,000 Payout / +/- 3” wheel base, Vin Number, Steel Roof and Quarters

SMALL TIRE SATURDAY $200 Entry / $5,000 Payout / 28×10.5 tire, Vin Number, Steel Roof and Quarters, Factory style suspension, Firewall at stock location, No Chassis Cars

OUTLAW BIG TIRE SATURDAY $150 Entry / $2,500 Payout / Run what you brung

DAILY DRIVER 1.0 SATURDAY / FREE ENTRY / $250 Payout+trophy! -Factory exterior, OEM Car, Bolt-ons only (CAI, exhaust, pullies, etc). No aftermarket power adders or power adders that didn’t come from the factory hard tire and must be able to come back to lanes to run after runs

DAILY DRIVER 2.0 SATURDAY / $100 Entry / $1,500 Payout – Modified street cars, One power adder accepted, Factory style suspension (aftermarket pieces accept if factory style), All safety equipment i.e. roll cage, etc.) accepted, Dot Tire (no big tire cars allowed), Vin number, No chassis cars


PRE-REGISTRATION LINK FOUND HERE – RACERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PRE-REGISTER BUT IT IS ENCOURAGED AND WILL GET YOU THROUGH THE GATE QUICKER!

The 5.70 Real Street Racing Association and the Emerald Coast Dragway and would like to invite anyone & everyone interested in discussing the 2019 happenings of the 5.70 Real Street class this Saturday, 10AM at the tech shack in the staging lanes.  Feel free to stick around afterwards for the Bracket & Index Bash happening the rest of the day or trade your wrist band back in at the gate when the meeting is adjourned and we’ll trade you back and plan on seeing you for the first 570RS race February 9th!